My Neruda – workshop

Storytelling Workshop at MISSA, June 29/30, 2013. For more information    Detailed description of the workshop, see

My Neruda” workshop in Toronto! April 26, 2, 28, 2013 at Dovercourt House.  Contact Vanguardia.Dance read more.

My Neruda” workshop in Kitchener, Ontario, April 22, 23, 24. For information contact The MTSpace Theatre, (519)585 7763 or

“My Neruda”in Victoria, a  workshop conducted by Sebastian Mena, Lina de Guevara and Lynda Raino. (by invitation only).This workshop took place  July 22 & 23, 2012 and was very successful. As we expected, Neruda’s poetry proved to be a powerful inspiration for the participants, who created unique performance pieces integrating voice and movement, in  Spanish, English or a combination of both. We thank all who attended for their commitment to excellency and for the beauty of their work.

(Chilean Pablo Neruda is one of the greatest poets of the Spanish world…also one of the major poets of all times)



I was born in Chile, and there I became an actor, theatre director and teacher. When I came to Canada in 1976 I already had a full theatrical career in my country of birth. The change to a new language, a completely new environment and culture was challenging. In this website you can find out how my theatre career continued and evolved in my adopted country. My personal experience with exile and immigration made me see theatre with new eyes, as an essential instrument for social and personal transformation. In 1988, I founded PUENTE THEATRE in Victoria BC, with the mandate to express through theatre the experiences of immigrants and diverse minorities. With PUENTE I had a rich, varied and profoundly life-affirming journey. In June 2011, I retired as PUENTE’s Artistic Director. I am  ready for new projects where I can use my experience as director, workshop facilitator, dramaturge, storyteller, and actor.
Since I retired I have been very fortunate and  participated in several exciting projects, most of them for the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA). Please click in the next line to see a description of them!
Recent and ongoing projects. 

Over my long life I have written many articles abut my experiences using theatre to tell the stories of immigrants and refugees. Many of them are published in this website, and it is my hope that some of my strategies and discoveries will be useful to those engaged in similar work. Please acknowledge me if you include them in your work, and mention the provenance if you quote articles published in magazines. And if you have questions or comments, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

My latest article was WHERE POLICE AND COMMUNITY MEET (Published in ALT Theatre Volume 14 No.1 2017). You can find it under the Printed Publications tab.